Will of Phillip Mackelfresh
In the name of God, Amen, I, Phillip Mackelfresh, of
Frederick County, in the State of Maryland, being desirous to
arrange my worldly affairs before it shall please the Almighty
to call me hence, do make, publish and declare this my last will
and testament in manner and form following, that is to say:
First - and principally, I commit my soul to the hands of the Almighty God, and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor, here and after named, and after my debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows:
Secondly - I give, devise and bequeath unto my three grandchildren, Sarah Ann, Zachariah and William P., being the children of my deceased son, William, the following tracts or parts of tracts of land as follows: all that part of a tract of land called "The Land of Promise", where their mother now resides, which I purchased from Andrew Orman as by his deed bearing date 20 of October 1791, will more fully appear containing 93 acres and a quarter, also my part of said tract of land called "the Land of Promise", which my father, John Macelfresh, formerly purchased from Edward Crow and bequeathed to me by his last will and testament, containing 76 acres, also all my part of a tract of land called "Turner's Chance", which I purchased from Joab Waters as by his deed bearing date 5th day of May, 1801, will more fully appear containing 9 acres and three-quarters, as also a part of a tract of land called "Hobb's Purchase" to begin at a stone planted in the road leading to John Low's mill and run by a straight line to a stone planted near the head of the long hollow as a division stone of the land purchased of the said Edward Crow, containing twenty-one acres, to them the said Sarah Ann, Zachariah, and William P. and their heirs forever.
Thirdly - I give and bequeath unto my daughter-in-law, Sarah, the mother of these above named grandchildren, my grey mare called "Fancy", as also my negro woman named Nell; and it is my will that she have her single life estate in the aforesaid property devised to her children to occupy and use the same as she now does. But in the event of her marrying again, then it is my will that the aforesaid negro woman, named Nell, and her issue, together with the land above described, shall revert to my said grandchildren and their heirs.
Fourthly - I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Sarah Ann Glazis, my negro girl, June, to her and her heirs forever.
Fifthly - I give and bequeath to my grandson, Zachariah Mackelfresh, and his heirs forever, my negro boy, named Dennis.
Sixthly - I give and bequeath to my grandson, William P. Mackelfresh, and his heirs forever, my negro boy, named Phil.
Seventhly - I give and bequeath to my two grandchildren as follows, Philip N. Linthicum, and his heirs forever, my negro boy, named Charles, and two-hundred dollars in cash. To my granddaughter, Lydia G. Jones, and her heirs forever, my negro girl, Sarah, and the sum of two-hundred dollars. The foregoing legacies to be paid by my executor here and after named.
Eightly - I give, devise and bequeath unto my son, John Macelfresh, and his sons forever the following tracts, parts of tracts or parcels of land. All that part of the tract of land called "Hobb's Purchase" whereon I now live, except the twenty-one acres devised to the children of my son, William, which was willed to me by my father. All my part of a tract or parcel of land called "Timber Land", containing twenty-three acres and a quarter. All my tract or parcel of land call "Phillip's Birthday", containing eight acres and one-quarter. Also, all my part of the tract or parcel of land called the "Resurvey on Hobb's Purchase", bought of the heirs of my father, as by their deed bearing date the fourteenth day of January, 1800, will appear, containing ninety-seven acres as also the following named negroes; to wit: Jim, Ned, Bet, Harry, Basil & George; and also my riding mare, Matilda, upon condition that he shall pay the sum of four-hundred to my two grandchildren heretofore named.
Ninthly - I give, devise and bequeath unto my daughter, Ruth Griffith, and her heirs forever, one-hundred acres of that land I bought of Evan Dorsey, to be laid off adjoining the land of Roderick Dorsey, to include the buildings and improvements thereon, a straight line across the tract, also my negro man, named Isaac.
Tenthly - I give and bequeath unto my grandson, Phillip G. Griffith, and his heirs forever, my negro boy, Ned, son of Bet.
Eleventhly - I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Lydia Rebecca Griffith, my negro girl, named Lydia, and to her heirs forever.
Twelfthly - It is my will and desire that all the rest, residue and remainder of my real and personal estate to be sold by my executor, and after the payment of my just debts, the residue to be equally divided between my son, John, and my daughter, Ruth - each one share; the heirs of my son, William, one share; the heirs of my daughter, Rachel, one share; and lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son, John Macelfresh, sole executor to this my last will and testament, revoking all others, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament, in testimony of which I have unto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty day of March, eighteen-hundred and thirty-one.
Signed: Philip Mackelfresh
Witnesses: Harry W. Dorsey
Harry W. Dorsey
James A. Meredith
Rod K. Dorsey
On the eight day of May eighteen thirty-three came John McElfresh and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that the foregoing instrument of writing is the true whole will and testament of Philip Mackelfresh, late of Frederick County, deceased, that has come to the hands, and _____ that he received the same from testator for safekeeping, and that he does not know of any other.
Tst. G. M. Eichelberger